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(appears in Bantu Letters)

Ke iphapantšha le thlago
Eke ga ke bone letago la gago
Pelo yona e lebala mošito
Ge fela nka go bea leihlo
Ke telela poifo
Ka ba mogale ke se na marumo
Ke a fišegelwa
Ke leka go kgotlelela
Ke ile ke a go fihlela
Efela le wena o a iponela
Ga ke hloke lebaka
Ke šitwa ke maaka
Ke thlago yaka go go rata

by Matete Motsoaledi

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Comments (7)

I got the picturisation of our aging process very clear.Yes, we are bound to it.
I have to re-read the poem before I appreciate how true it is in my life today at age 60
You people are morons and your thoughts are banal. You have no idea what this poem is about and you lack subtlety. Get real. You read something about death, loss, love, and immediately it's a warning, as if these things in combination could never signify anything else. I'm guessing English isn't your first language.
While this might not read as his best poem, the sentiment is still worth considering. For me at least it is a caution to avoid becoming too enamored of attachments in life. Certainly this is true for material goods. And, at least for me, it is a caution to avoid objectifying relationships. I know I am more at peace when I focus on conduct, and act according to my beliefs (e.g., by choosing to act with compassion when ever and however I can) . Given that I am far from perfect, and thus have much comparative experience, I do know I am happier when I act with compassion toward others rather than behave in an acquisitive manner toward others. In this light I see “Affirmation” as a work of warning even regret.
This is a pretty banal and unimaginative poem. It reads like a few paragraphs from some book by Dr. Phil about love. Best thing I like about Donald Hall is him living in that old 19th century farmhouse in NH that his grandfather and mother were born in. Now thats poetic.
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